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HP Tarot  - 5 The Hierophant by Ellygator HP Tarot  - 5 The Hierophant by Ellygator
(2008) 5 1/2" x 10 1/2" Pencil on Paper. Processed and framed in Photoshop.

So far this is my personal favorite card of the Major Arcana, not so much because I have a particular affinity for the Hierophant, but because I am really, really pleased about how well my Dumbledore turned out with his gorgeous owl.

The composition is actually fairly close to the traditional image of the hierophant, who is generally depicted as an older man (often in priest-like garments, because in very old decks he is actually the Pope) who is blessing or instructing smaller figures arranged in front of him.

To use Dumbledore for this card was a no-brainer, because he is a guardian, guide and mentor to so many, he inspires loyalty and is a figure of respect, he leads at Hogwarts, where young witches and wizards first learn what it means to become a responsible and knowledgeable member of their society, and he truly represents all that is good and honorable in the wizarding world.

The Hierophant card represents the belief of the group rather than personal beliefs and it stands for the socialization of an individual into a group. Therefore the Hierophant is often the figure of a teacher or a mentor, who helps the idividual fit into the group or into society, by teachig them skills and knowledge, but also appropriate behaviors, norms and ethics.

When you draw it, it may mean that you have to examine your beliefs with respect to what others around you believe, that perhaps you should seek the guidance of a teacher or that you may be called on to mentor and help others.

I'd like to dedicate this card to :iconsempraseverus: who draws the coolest Gambon/Dumbledore I've seen so far and who convinced me to go with Gambon rather than Harris, which I am now really happy about.

Update: submitted to :iconfatgirlstock: for her tarot contest.
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:iconmadhouse7207:
madhouse7207 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016
Oh...these are amazing...I want the deck so bad!!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I loved this project.
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:iconaishathel:
Aishathel Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing parallelism btw meaning and image. Superb.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! He was one of the cards where it seemed easy to make the books reveal an instance of the old symbolism.
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:iconravenlilly:
ravenlilly Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010
Im just amazed how much detail you put into your work, its just minute, i adore it!
Im so glad i found your page!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! The cards were such a cool project.
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pootoo Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
I am always impressed by detail, and accurate detail even impresses me more, the wings on the owl and the texture of the glass windows behind him, the whole thing.. wow, you impressed me once again ;)
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! This is one of my personal faves among the Major Arcana...
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SophieValentine Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008
Ah, I missed a card. Oh well, it was spectacular, I just didn't feel like repeating myself.

Only...I had to comment on this one - I love that owl. I dont know what it is, but it just screams "LOOK AT ME!"

I mean, dumbledore is well drawn, but there is something hypnotic about that owl...
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you, I just knew I needed to have the lectern in there...
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:iconrachelab74:
rachelab74 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It looks just like him!!! Great job on this Elly, I have to say this is probably my fave as well!! :clap:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! So glad you like him!
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:iconbrindlelady:
BrindleLady Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
While I am not a Gambon Dumbledore fan, I too have made my peace with the new and flawed Dumbledore - particularly as the books grow darker. You have captured Sir Michael and his subtle wickedness with stunning accuracy. Excellent work!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I am glad it still works for you.
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:iconbrindlelady:
BrindleLady Featured By Owner May 3, 2008
I totally love your work. This tarot set is magnificent!
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:iconuniquelyyours:
UniquelyYours Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
Great action and detail! I really like this one :)
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much! I really enjoyed drawing him.
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dbrockwas Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
how did you do that frame thing it looks like you used black color on a multiply layer.... is that what you did or what was it...^^;
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I used a very dark brown flood-fill for the background, then I layered the calligraphic pattern on top in white, reduced the transparency and copied it about two times changing the size for each layer. I then merged everything to the bottom layer. This template is the same for all Majors. I then import the drawing-file from a digital photo taken of the drawing and add the text and the number for each card.
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dbrockwas Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
what does messing with the transperency do.???...=D
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
It makes the layers more or less translucent, so you can see everything that's underneath. For example if I cross two layers they seem translucent white over the brown, but more white where they intersect, so that makes for nice effects.
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dbrockwas Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008
shweet im gonna try that...:)
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Owll Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
AMAZING!!!!!!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I really enjoyed drawing him...
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:iconfurrylittleproblem12:
Amazing :wow:

:+favlove:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I have to admit, I'm really kinda proud of this one...
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:iconfurrylittleproblem12:
You should, it's fantastic :clap:
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gnrg Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008
Amazing job! I love the glasses..
g.-
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I am really pleased about the shading on his face, I must confess.
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witchesrose Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
You did a great job on this one Elly, ... I love it ... Maybe because I like his character in the books so much ...
:thumbsup:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, I love him, too.
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stampingqueen Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this card the most out of all of them I think. I love Dumbledore because of his flaws rather than in spite of them. Too often when you read a book and you have the man who is supposed to be the father figure/ above it all male role model he is perfect. He does everything right and he does not falter. I love that Dumbledore does all of these things. The one thing he never does is stop believing in Harry and loving him unconditionally. He knew what was to come and he knew what Harry would face and he knew that Harry had to find his way on his terms or he would not succeed.

Dumbledore will always be my favorite character and when Harris died forcing the recast of the character it was difficult, but the story could not continue without him. It frustrates me to hear people talk about how they will never like the replacement, like Harris backed out of the role or something. I have no doubt that Harris would have been perfect for the part had he lived, but Gambon stepped into an epic role being played previously by a legendary actor and he was able to make it his own and still remain true to the Dumbledore in the books. I think that in the books to come we will see him continue to bring the character to focus and the story to its conclusion and make this series the classic set of movies it was destined to be.

You have captured the feeling of the character so well here. I really love this piece. Sorry for the mini rant :blush: I wish you could offer these as prints... we could buy a set of 4x6 prints and have our own decks ;) Wonderful job as always.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Dumbledore. I very much agree with your character assessment. Dumbledore overcame so much, including his own arrogance and character flaws, but he is still depicted as human in the books, for example where he just can't resist touching the horcrux-ring, because his longing to see his sister is stronger than his sense of caution. I really love that about him. I also think Gambon will do a great job bringing the series to a close. In fact "his" Dumbledore is more desperate, short-tempered and rough around the edges than Harris' more serene and almost saintly version, and I think that will work well with the way Harry learns more and more about the shadows of Dumbledore and has his own frustrations with his adopted "father".

I am thinking that if publication fails I can self-produce decks to those that are interested. Production costs obviously would be higher, but I have found a place that can produce card-quality prints. I'll keep you in the loop about it.
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stampingqueen Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
YAY for publication possibilities :)
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Verlisaerys Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very beautiful card! :heart:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!
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Emmanation Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's really interesting because when you first look at it, it's all about Dumbledore. But the more you look at it, the more you get drawn in by the eyes of the owl. The lectern is almost a character in itself. Great job!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much! I just knew I had to have the owl lectern in there. It was too amazing not to draw it.
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:iconbodaszilvia:
bodaszilvia Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
it's my personal card (comes from the date of birth) :) looks really great! :heart: him!
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I am so glad you like it. My own card is Strength.
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:iconbodaszilvia:
bodaszilvia Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
strength.. i'm not surprised :nod: i saw it on your photos and works :nod: :)
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I am somehow smugly pleased it shows!
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VivalaVida Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Traumhaft schöne Karte ! :love: Ich habe mich besonders gefreut, daß Du Dich für die Michael Gambon-Version von Dumbledore entschieden hast, ich gehöre zu den verschwindend wenigen, die ihn als Darsteller besser finden.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Danke! Nach einem ersten Schock - was wohl bei jeder Neubesetzung der Fall ist - habe ich mich ebenfalls mit Gambon als Dumbledore angefreundet. Vor allem, was man im letzten Buch ueber ihn erfaehrt, finde ich, laesst Gambons leichten "Wahnsinn mit Methode" besser aussehen. Diesem Dumbledore traut man seine Jugendsuenden und seine Fehlentschiedungen irgendwie besser zu, als dem doch sehr gottvaeterlich gespielten Harris.
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VivalaVida Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ja, genau, ich finde Gambons Darstellung irgendwie menschlicher, nicht so erhaben. Ich mag auch diese "Bartfrisur" sehr.
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Grins! Ich waere glatt in Versuchung "Bartschmuck" zu designern, wenn es mehr mutige Maenner wie Dumbledore gaebe. Sieht irgendwie schick aus!
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:iconvivalavida:
VivalaVida Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mach doch mal, vielleicht entdeckst Du da ja eine riesige Marktlücke. :giggle:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Ja, was nettes mit Byzantine Chain und Silbertonbommeln...
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craftal Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008
So amazing :clap:
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:iconellygator:
Ellygator Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much!
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